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RR City Council and Staff to Cover Several Topics during Thursday Workshop
The Rogue River City Council and staff members will cover several topics during a Thursday morning workshop session. Following staff reports from the Rogue River Police Chief, Public Works Director and City Administrator, the Council will discuss a resolution establishing a fee schedule as provided in the city water ordinance. The City Council will also receive a staff presentation on an ordinance declaring property at 230 Wards Creek Road as being annexed into the City of Rogue River. Draft lease agreements for the Chamber of Commerce, Rogue Express and Umpqua Bank are also on the docket as is a request for media support for the Chamber of Commerce. The Council will also review potential electric vehicle charging stations during tomorrow's workshop, which begins at 10 a.m. at Rogue River City Hall.
Posted on 8/16/23 6:15AM by Sam Marsh

GP Police & Firefighters Hold Friendly Contest to Gather Blood for Red Cross
The Grants Pass Police Department and Grants Pass Fire & Rescue are once again taking part in a friendly competition to increase blood donations for the Red Cross. The Battle of the Badges is scheduled for today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the GPPD Training Room at 726 NE 7th Street. The American Red Cross has put out an urgent plea for blood products due to decreased donations during the first two months of summer. Citizens are urged to support your local heroes and save lives. Respond to the call and give blood. Tell the volunteers you are there to donate on behalf of the police department or the fire department. To make an appointment, please visit "RedCrossBlood.org" or call 1-(800)-RED-CROSS.
Posted on 8/16/23 6:14AM by Sam Marsh

Jackson County Sheriff Supports Board of Commissioners' Call for Repeal of Measure 110
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Sheriff Nate Sickler supports the Jackson County Board of Commissioners call for a repeal of Measure 110 due to a dramatic increase in overdoses and deaths in Oregon and in the Rogue Valley. Sheriff Sickler said he supports the Board which last week adopted a resolution to call for an end to the voter-approved ballot measure called the "Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act" that was passed in 2020. According to the Commissioners, the Act was approved by voters with the promise of reducing crime, improving public safety and saving lives. But evidence shows the measure has had the opposite effect, leading to an increase in overdose deaths, criminal activity, public nuisances and a diminished quality of life for Oregonians. In 2020, there were 585 overdose deaths in Oregon. In 2021, there were 917. In 2022, more than 1,600 Oregon residents died from overdosing on narcotics. A state audit found that during Measure 110's first 15 months in operation, the treatment-referral hotline received just 19 calls at a cost to the state of $7,000 per call. The measure has also diverted marijuana tax revenue from counties, which has led to a loss of funding for essential services. Sheriff Sickler said his agency will continue to work with local governments and community members to address the negative effects of Measure 110 and advocate for change.
Posted on 8/16/23 6:11AM by Sam Marsh

Tuesday's Thunderstorm Brought Lightning to SW Oregon and Fires to Northern California
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Tuesday's unexpected thunderstorm brought lightning strikes to Josephine County in the southern Applegate Valley, but so far no fires have been detected. However, the situation is much different in extreme northern California. The Klamath National Forest reports the storm resulted in an extremely dynamic situation, with at least 19 lightning-sparked fires including one that has prompted evacuations in portions of Siskiyou County. The most significant incident is the Head Fire burning near the confluence of the Klamath and Scott rivers. Rough estimates last night placed the fire at between 3,000 and 4,000 acres. Evacuation orders and warnings have been issued and law enforcement officials were working to get people out of the evacuation area. The Happy Camp/Oak Knoll Ranger District has eleven confirmed fires, ranging from 1/10th of an acre to 50 acres. The Oregon Department of Forestry reported a few strikes in the Southwest District, primarily on the Grants Pass Unit in the Applegate-Williams area. The agency will be monitoring the area throughout the next several days. With more potential storms in the forecast, firefighters are ready to respond to new starts. ODF officials urged anyone who spots smoke or fire to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Posted on 8/16/23 6:03AM by Sam Marsh
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Firefighters Holding Their Own Against Flat Fire Despite Extreme Weather Conditions
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Firefighters have been holding their own against Oregon's largest wildfire, despite excessive heat and adverse weather conditions. Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 2 reported this morning that the Flat Fire had grown slightly to 33,895 acres and containment had increased to 58%. Total personnel assigned to the Flat Fire today is 536 including 11 hand crews, 17 engines, 20 water tenders, nine masticators, three helicopters and three bulldozers. Incident commanders said fire behavior remains similar to the past several days, with mostly smoldering and creeping. They said any chance of crown fire remains minimal. The Lawson Creek and Indigo Creek drainages continue to sustain the most fire activity, consisting of occasional flare-ups. Firefighters continue to patrol contained fire-lines, monitoring the fire for changes in behavior. All resources are ready to engage as needed. Assessments on the area continue as crews and aircraft maintain a daily vigil for early identification of fire growth or a change in fire behavior. Level 1 "Be Ready" evacuation status remains in place for all areas in the vicinity of the Flat Fire.
Posted on 8/16/23 6:01AM by Sam Marsh
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Board of Commissioners Weekly Business Session Has No Action Items
It won't take long for the Josephine County Board of Commissioners to take care of its weekly business session tomorrow. There are no public hearings, administrative action items, presentations or proclamations on the agenda -- only a Consent Calendar that contains the minutes of previous meetings and legal counsel updates. As always, there will be Requests and Comments from Citizens when people are allowed to address the Board for up to three minutes on just about any topic. Wednesday's public meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Anne G. Basker Auditorium.
Posted on 8/15/23 11:59AM by Sam Marsh
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Deputies Jailed Felon for Parole Violation after Trespassing at Residence
The Josephine County Sheriff's Office jailed a man for violating terms of his post-prison supervision when he trespassed on a protected property in the Wonder area. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested 37-year-old Brandon Alexander Martin for the incident at a residence in the 400-block of Waters Creek Road on Sunday at about 2:40 p.m.. Deputies said a woman called 9-1-1 to report that Martin was sitting near the front steps of her residence, he was not supposed to be there and she wanted him evicted from the property. The caller claimed there was an incident with him on Saturday. Upon arrival, deputies contacted Martin as well as his corrections officer who wanted his client detained. He was placed into custody without incident. Brandon Martin was transported to Grants Pass and lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Felony Parole Violation. He was being held on a no-bail detainer.
Posted on 8/15/23 10:27AM by Sam Marsh
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GP Police Jailed Man for Violating Court Order by Visiting Protected Home
Grants Pass Police jailed a man for violating a court order by visiting a woman's home from which he had been legally banned. The Police Department reports officers arrested 28-year-old Rayne Allen Teague for the incident that occurred in the 1,000-block of Angler Lane on Sunday around 2:30 p.m.. Police said Rayne Teague contacted law enforcement regarding a restraining order violation because the woman who had the court order against him was damaging his clothing. They said Teague walked and then drove by the woman's house before sitting in front eating a burrito. They exchanged words and she called 9-1-1. Responding officers said Teague did not have a lawful reason to contact the woman at her residence, so they placed him into custody. He was lodged at the Josephine County Jail without bail for Contempt of Court-Restraining Order Violation.
Posted on 8/15/23 10:25AM by Sam Marsh
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Grants Pass Police Snared Woman for Stealing Merchandise from Grange
Grants Pass Police arrested a woman for stealing merchandise from Grange Co-op last weekend. According to the Police Department, officers responded to a shoplifting call at the store on West Schutzwohl Lane just off Redwood Highway on Sunday at 2:22 p.m. Police said 47-year-old Tanya Suzy Short concealed around $40 worth of items in her purse and exited the store without paying for them. They said she admitted to having the intention of stealing the items and did not have a lawful reason to do so. Short was detained by Grange Co-op loss prevention until officers arrived on scene and placed her into custody. She was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for 3rd-Degree Theft. She was also trespassed from the store.
Posted on 8/15/23 10:24AM by Sam Marsh
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IVFD Assisted by ODF with Vehicle Fire on Highway 199 in Cave Junction
The Illinois Valley Fire District was assisted by the Oregon Department of Forestry with a vehicle fire on Redwood Highway in Cave Junction yesterday. On Monday at 4:34 p.m., crews from IVFD and ODF were dispatched to the reported fire at the junction of US Highway 199 and Laurel Road. IVFD officials said the fire was out when they arrived on scene and the blaze was confined to the vehicle's interior. There was no spread to the wildland and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Redwood Highway traffic was slowed while the incident was active before the scene was turned over to the Oregon State Police.
Posted on 8/15/23 10:21AM by Sam Marsh
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GPPD Post 7 Camps & Cite 7 During Park Patrols
Monday morning at 8:44 a.m. City Police officers, during a check of Gilbert Creek Park, posted five camps and issued two citations. Daren Starnes was cited for illegal camping and Chante Jaworski with cited for camping in a buffer zone. At 9:22 during a check of Westholm Park Ashley Hanson was cited for misuse of park open space. At 9:27 Officers posted two camps at Lawnridge Park and cited Nathan Deford for no dog license and scattering rubbish. He was trespassed for 30 days. At 11:02 Officers were back at Gilbert Creek Park educating James Weinshrot on where he could have a tent. Mr. Weinshrot became upset and left while stating to throw away his tent as he didn’t want it. Jeremy Erickson was also cited for camping in a buffer zone and for violating park rules by staking his tent to the ground. He was trespassed for 30 days. At 4:35 Monday afternoon Officers found Morrison Park strewn with trash and cited Trevor Bowden and Ashley Cressy for offensive littering. They had a huge amount of trash including bike parts, and pallets cut up and strewn over a 20 by 30-foot area. They were issued 30-day park exclusion orders and directed to clean up their trash and be out of the park by 8:00 this morning.
Posted on 8/15/23 8:56AM by Chuck Benson
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Stimulant Fueled Vandalism Incident Lands Woman in County Lockup
A Grants Pass woman is in jail after vandalizing a vehicle and a residence. Grants Pass City Police were dispatched to the 800 block of Northwest “D” Street at 1:23 Monday afternoon to investigate the report of a female throwing rocks at a Duplex almost hitting the tenant. Multiple calls reported broken windows and speculation the woman was under the influence. One neighbor believed the woman was on a three-day high. Another neighbor stated the woman had been up for four days. Officers contacted and detained Kim Louise Heller Gipson, 57, who, according to Police, threw rocks through the windows of an abandoned vehicle in front of her house and then began attacking two windows of the neighboring duplex. Estimated value of thee broken windows was $600.
Posted on 8/15/23 8:10AM by Chuck Benson
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